Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Sarri called Chelsea players for one-to-one meetings after Spurs loss

Sarri called Chelsea players for one-to-one meetings after Spurs loss

Chelsea FC signed the defensive midfielder in a £34m deal from Leicester and Kante won successive Premier League titles as the Blues finished top of the table in Antonio Conte's first season.

The 27-year-old has been encouraged to become more involved in Chelsea's attack but only has a goal and an assist to his name from 13 Premier League appearances. So they were able to destroy us in 15 minutes.

'I think as you know I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, for me the centre midfielder is either Jorginho or Fabregas.

"Kante is a very average player in the position he is playing now - I just see a normal midfield player".

PAOK would be eliminated should they lost at Stamford Bridge and Vidi beat BATE Borisov, with the three points seeing the Hungarian side through to the last 32. "But it was only a reaction to the difficulties". Maybe it's only a question of time. Belgian powerhouse Radja Nainggolan has called Jorginho as the toughest opponent he has ever faced because of how quickly the former "distributes the ball while being practically stationary".

"When he is on the left he has to stay very close to Jorginho".

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Sarri did not hold back in his criticism of Chelsea's performance immediately after the Spurs loss, and he held individual meetings with his players on their return to training on Monday.

However, he says his lofty goal of turning Chelsea into the strongest side in Europe has not abated.

'I talk to them player by player. "Of course I think that he can not play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest". We lost the match after three months and a half, we have to understand why and from the mental approach. If you don't have determination, you have no motivation. "I don't want Kante in this position".

With both players having nearly the same playing pattern, it will be an easy task for Sarri to bring the Frenchman back into the team while Morata comes into the game from the bench.

"It's very hard to stay very close", he said. We have to improve. He wasn't the only player who failed to deliver, but because we rely on his influence so heavily, we suffered with him being off the boil.

"The target at the moment is this".

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